North East and Border football coaches, team managers and players are being given the skills to help their teams better understand and deal with mental health.
The Tackle Your Feelings program is training club leaders to be able to take more of an active hand in the mental health and wellbeing of their members.
Workshops have so far been run with the Wodonga Raiders Football Club and the Wangaratta and District Junior Football League.
The program is run by Sport North East and funded through the Zurich Foundation.
Wangaratta and District league manager Cam Green said the workshops were a great resource for clubs.
"All leagues need to undertake it, I think, it's just a fantastic resource," Mr Green said.
"The training in that mental health space that we received will just allow us to identify the signs of when a kid or a player might be struggling with certain issues and that's hugely beneficial for the league."
Mr Green said the one thing that stood out to him during the presentation was the way the information was presented.
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"It was all relatable, they brought it back to a junior football perspective," he said.
Mr Green said equipping junior football coaches with these skills was important because of the different type of relationship they have with their players.
"A coach can identify what's going on with a player because they don't see them every day and they pick up on little clues," he said.
"They see them in a different light to everyone else and there's a chance they pick up on something earlier than everyone else."
The league manager said another key aspect of the presentation was that participants were shown how to approach what could be a difficult situation if they notice a player is struggling.
"At the end of the night they gave everyone a way to structure or approach a conversation with a player if it comes to that stage and it was fantastic," he said.
Sports North East program leader Tim Oliver said both sessions had been well attended and productive.
"It's been absolutely fantastic," he said.
"The quality and the depth of the conversation has been absolutely terrific. We had excellent feedback from all that have attended.
"It's been very strong and we're very pleased with it so far."
During the workshops a clinical psychologist from Sports North East presents to team leaders, while also allowing for breakout and discussion sections.
Mr Oliver said the program has guaranteed funding for the next four years and they will be running five workshops in the North East each year.